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Many young people have not yet learned what they can’t do. They look at the world, see what needs to be changed and they change it. TakingOnTheGiant.com promotes the ideas and accomplishments of young people, from middle school to the middle twenties, who are transforming their passions into successful inventions, charities, foundations, businesses and movements. These stories deserve telling, which can inspire other young people to pursue their dreams.

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    Alex Sheen Renews Faith in Promises
  • May 12, 2017
    When Alex Sheen was in his mid-twenties, he lost his father. If there was one thing he admired about the man, it was how he honored commitments. He kept the promises he made. This is what sparked the “Because I Said I Would” movement. It started with just a couple of notes he handed out […]
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    Young Woman, Anjali Appadurai, gives powerful speech to UN Conference on Climate Change
  • May 2, 2017
    Anjali Appadurai spoke eloquently and unapologetically at the United Nations Conference in South Africa, in 2011, on Climate Change. Advocates such as Anjali have helped pave the way to the break through agreements made on this issue, such as the Paris Agreement.  In her speech, Anjali urges UN members to listen to the science that […]
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    Teen Makes Cheap Machine to Print Braille
  • March 10, 2017
    When you see a flier for donations for the blind, do you give a few banknotes and then forget about it? Or do dig deeper into their hardships and find a way to make their lives better on a longer term? Shubham Banerjee, a thirteen-year old Californian teen, chose the second option and ended up […]
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    High School Valedictorian Fights for Undocumented Immigrants
  • July 6, 2016
    “I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States” high school senior Larissa Martinez announced to her school, and the world, during her high school’s graduation ceremonies earlier this month. Class valedictorian with a 4.95 GPA and a full ride to Yale, Martinez fled Mexico City six […]
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    10 Year-Old Raised $10 million For Victims
  • June 15, 2016
    Talia Leman wanted to help the victims of the destructive and deadly Hurricane Katrina. Determined to help as much as possible, the ten year old planned to raise $1 million, which for most would seem a ludicrously ambitious goal, especially for a child her age. Talia managed to rally a children-led movement that reported not […]
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    She Finds Landmines with Music
  • June 8, 2016
      Marian Bechtel, a 21-year-old student at Bryn Mawr College, is a pianist, scientist and anti-war activist. The young woman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania invented an inexpensive, quick and simple minesweeper that detects buried landmines using sound waves. The device is a standard metal detector with high-sensitivity microphones and a seismic detector attached to it. Marian’s […]
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    Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants
  • May 10, 2016
    Family holidays evoke memories of long journeys, good weather and making new friends. When Jack Lanting and his family went from New Zealand to Thailand for a holiday in 2009, those new friends included Asian elephants. Jack, who was 8 years old at the time, was so moved by the plight of Thailand’s elephants that he […]
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    A HS Freshman’s Cancer Breakthrough
  • February 16, 2016
      Jack Andraka was a high school freshman in 2012 when a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer. Deeply affected, he was motivated to read up on the disease and found that diagnosis is usually in a late stage when treatment is ineffective and there is a very low survival rate. Jack was shocked […]
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    The Pallet Kingdom – giving new life to pallets and people
  • August 12, 2015
    Based in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, they had a new business and a limited budget, so when Gabriel sat on their only desk and broke it, Adriana’s frugal innovation swept into action. She bought a circular saw and built a table from unwanted shipping pallets from a nearby construction site. After a friend offered […]
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    Harvard wasn’t worth giving up his booming company
  • July 7, 2015
    For Mubarak Muyika, being an entrepreneur seemed natural. The young Kenyan first started taking business classes in high school. Orphaned at a young age, he lived in Bungoma County with adoptive parents, who owned a publishing and distribution company called Acrodile Publishers. While working for the company, Mubarak noticed it lacked a powerful website through […]
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